50 Outdoor Summer Activities For Kids

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We’ve made it to the middle of summer! We know it isn’t always easy keeping children active and entertained all day, so we have found a HUGE list of outdoor activities for you to try! It is important that children experience new things and remain active over the summer months. Try some or all of these ideas that are listed in the article!
50 Outdoor Summer Activities For Kids

I am seriously down to HOURS until my kids are done with school
and I am getting a little nervous . . .
the first few days are always fun, but then the “I’m Bored” whines and cries set in.
I rounded up some fun outdoor activities that would be perfect to chase the bored blues away and keep kids from turning into couch potatoes over the summer.
Most can be done for free or very inexpensively and you can help the kids get set-up with these activities and then let their imaginations run wild.
If you did one activity a day, it might get you through the middle of July.
After that, you are on your own! 🙂

1. Using an old sheet, make art on the lawn.
2. Make homemade bird feeders.
3. Have a read-a-thon outside (maybe in the shade if it’s really hot!).
4. Make ice cream in a bag.

5. Play a fun game of Drip Drip Splash! (Think Duck Duck Goose with water!)
6. Make some fun bike obstacle courses or games.
7. Play these fun sidewalk chalk games.

8. Make your own Hula Hoops.
9. Play Shoe-Pile Scramble.

10. Play Sponge Bullseye.
11. Do some backyard nature painting.
12. Have a Clothesline Art Show– have the kids make the art, pass our invitations, and make it happen!

13. Make your own PVC Pipe Sprinkler.
14. Play the Firefly Flashlight Game (so fun once it gets dark!)
15. Make your own liquid sidewalk chalk.

16. Paint the sidewalks with water.
17. Play a game of Bossy Ball.
18. Go on a nature scavenger hunt.

19. Make your own Thrifty Sandbox (with a lid!)
20. Go on a bug hunt.
21. Have a neighborhood parade. Dress up like princesses or firemen, decorate your bikes and wagons, even throw candy if you want! Invite all the neighbors to come and watch.

22. Have an alphabet treasure hunt.-Have a Penny Spoon Race.
23. Buy some spray bottles at the dollar store and fill with water for a water fight or add some washable paint to the bottles and spray large poster boards to make awesome art!

24. Make your own Marble Launch with a fun noodle from the dollar store.
25. Wrap a piece of masking tape around each child’s wrist with the sticky side facing out. Go on a “Nature Walk” and collect items from nature (leaves, grass, small rocks, flowers, etc) and stick them on your masking tape “bracelet”. Come home and compare bracelets!

26. Take chalk to a new level by drawing Chalk Dress-Up Dolls!
27. Start a garden and let the kids do a planting, watering, and weeding.
28. Make a tin foil river with ice boats.

29. Play Frisbee Tic-Tac-Toe.
30. Make a Lemonade Stand.
31. Make a water balloon pinata.

32. Make these Toy Parachutes and take them to the park. Drop them from the highest points on the slides and swings.
33. Play the Angry Birds Water Balloon Game.

34. Play outdoor Scrabble.
35. Have a Backyard Car Wash (my kids love to wash their bikes and scooters).

36. Make Mix and Match Painted Rock Faces.
37. Find a local Farmer’s Market. Come home and prepare a meal with the food purchased from the market.

38. Draw a racetrack on your driveway and race all the cars you can find!
39. Create your own outdoor movie theater (don’t forget the concessions stand!).

40. Set up your own outdoor Glow-In-The-Dark Bowling.
41. Make some Pet Rocks.

42. Make your own homemade sprinkler.
43. Make root beer floats.
44. Make your own simple wind chimes.

45. Make your own jump rope.
46. Go park hopping (make a goal to play at a new park each week).
47. Do some texture rubbings on leaves, grass, and other items you find outside.
48. Play “parachute” with a large sheet (like they do in elementary school!).
49. Have a banana split party- provide the bananas and ice cream and asks guests to bring their favorite topping to share with everyone else.
50. Make your own “stomp rocket”.Have a happy summer!!


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